Buckhead Heritage February 2020 Newsletter
Speaker Series: Matt Matternes, Eternal Homecoming
March 5 – 7 p.m.
New Hope AME Church on Arden Rd.
Buckhead Heritage is excited to offer a very interesting program in March with Matt Maternes, PhD. Matt is a Senior Mortuary Archaeologist with New South Associates and will present “Eternal Homecoming: Documenting the New Hope AME Church Cemetery.” Thanks to a Buckhead Heritage grant funded by the Massey Charitable Trust, Matt and his staff have been working with our cemetery committee to document this historic Buckhead property. Through deed, church and family research combined with site analysis and mapping, Matt’s team has begun documenting over 100 years of the unique history of this neighborhood time capsule. You will be fascinated by both the process and results of Matt’s work so far, and what the future may offer.
Refreshments will be served from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. and Matt’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 3012 Arden Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. The talk will take place in the sanctuary, and there is no charge for this event.
Buckhead Heritage Phoenix Flies Program
March 14 – 2 p.m. at Duckpond on Lakeview
Buckhead Heritage will present a walking tour of Peachtree Heights East on Saturday, March 14, 2020 beginning at 2 p.m. This program is part of Atlanta Preservation’s Phoenix Flies which takes place during a 3 week period of March and includes historic and preservation sites throughout the city. Our program is free and no registration is necessary. We will meet at the Peachtree Heights East Historical Marker on Lakeview Avenue.On June 19, 1909, initial lots were auctioned for the first planned neighborhood in what is now known as Peachtree Heights East. Designed by the New York firm of Carrere and Hastings, the neighborhood was nestled between Peachtree Street on the east, Brookwood Avenue on the west and between Mayson Avenue (now Lindbergh Drive after aviator Charles Lindbergh) on the south and East Wesley on the north. In 1920, the western boundary was extended to Acorn Avenue. Over 2,000 attended the auction and Eretus Rivers sold 82 lots for a total of $171,000. Special cars were run to the park for the purpose of accommodating those who wish to bid and watch others bid. In order that no one might have to return to return to the city for lunch, Eretus River had generously provided it. With approximately 330 homes within this unique neighborhood, Peachtree Heights East house styles range from early 20th century American two story four-square, Craftsman Bungalow, Cape Cod, Tudor, and Ranch to 21st century home styles. While the Duck Pond did not exist when Mr. Rivers initially sold lots, the minutes of the Peachtree Heights Community Club in 1922 gives credit to two residents for building the “lake” and beautifying the area. They were “Heny G. and Nettie Jacobs which was then 1 Potomac Avenue and Nat and Charlotte Sage lived at what is now 115 Lakewood Avenue. The wildlife around the duck pond is very active and the duck pictured here is a male Muscovy.
More 2019 Events
Feb 13 7 pm – Book Club, Mary Amazon by Janine Crist. 3180 Mathieson Dr. 30305
March 5 7 pm – Speaker Series: Hugh Matternes, Eternal Homecoming, New Hope Cemetery,. at New Hope Church, 3012 Arden Rd 30305.
March 14 – 2pm – Peachtree Heights East Historical Walking Tour, at the Duck Pond, for Phoenix Flies, Atlanta Preservation Center.
April 26 3 pm – Spring Historic Home Tour
Buckhead Heritage is a volunteer run group and can always utilize a variety of skills, including folks to help at events, cemetery cleanups, and on several preservation projects that could use research, committee and leadership help. If you’ve like to have some fun, learn something while helping the community, and meet some neighbors then we’d love to talk to you. Please contact Richard at the office.
2019 Board & Staff
Officers John Beach – President
Fay Pearce, Jr. – Vice President
Michael D. Armstrong – Treasurer
Howard C. Benson – Secretary
Board of Directors
Ivan Allen IV
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Tamara A. Bazzle
Robert F. Helget
Edward L. Daugherty, FASLA
Frances H. Westbrook
Buckhead Heritage Society
3180 Mathieson Drive, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30305